The Case of the Diamond Necklace – Clue # 8

The Case of the Diamond Necklace COTDN mystery quilt

This is it! I hope you like the Case of the Diamond Necklace as much as I do!

The suspense is over. This is the final scene. Of course, just like any good mystery, there is one final plot twist in Clue # 8.

COTDN Clue # 8 (10 pages, PDF to download)

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to the site, please watch the video on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website. It will help you get started printing on fabric.

 

Print diamonds on fabric

I hope you have been telling your friends about how you print on fabric for the COTDN mystery quilt. It is for beginners AND for experienced Inklingo quilters.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt COTDN

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You should be confident that you can sew ANY pieced hexagon with a running stitch, no matter what the shapes and no matter whether the shapes are available from Inklingo.

By the way, the clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog, and they are great for beginners too.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

I can hardly wait to see and share your mystery quilts too! Thank you for being part of the adventure.

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Inklingo Fussy Cut Feathered Star

There is a new article on QuiltingHub today for Feathered Star!

 

Feathered Star with Inklingo

Feathered Star is just one of many designs requested by Inklingo quilters.

They recognize that printing the cutting lines, stitching lines, matching marks, and crosshairs on the fabric is the simplest and best way to make any design, no matter how complicated it might be with traditional methods.

 

Inklingo Feathered Star pressing guide

Your precise feathers will look their best when you use Inklingo’s four unique pressing guides too.

 

Inklingo Fussy Cut Feathered Star

If Lucy Boston had made a Feathered Star, I’m sure there would be fussy cutting!

There are  TWO methods of fussy cutting with Inklingo, described in another article on QuiltingHub.

Thanks to Inklingo, the preparation and sewing are simpler and faster, so you can afford to spend a little extra time fussy cutting some of the shapes in your Feathered Stars too!

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Inklingo Star in center of Feathered Star

One of several innovations with Inklingo Feathered Star is that you can use standard-size blocks in the center to create your own unique Feathered Star variations!

This example uses Inklingo Star 9 inch in a 30 inch Feathered Star, but you can use any 4.5, 6 or 9 inch blocks for small, medium and large Feathered Star blocks!

You can even use the shapes in the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection for the center of a 15 inch Feathered Star block!

Intrigued? There’s more!

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Inklingo Alabama Beauty Quilt

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Inklingo Castle Wall by Machine

Inklingo Castle Wall by Machine

I couldn’t resist.

I wanted to try sewing Castle Wall by machine.

It is one formidable fortress of inset seams! Could I do it?

YES!

Isn’t it pretty?

 

Cotton Drapery Fabric

I fell in love with this drapery fabric. It is a little bit heavier than normal quilting cotton. Who could resist the colors and the movement in it? Not me.

 

Inklingo Window Template

The designs are big. I printed on scrap paper with Castle Wall 9 inch to make a window template, so I could preview the flowers. Some of them are small enough for the octagon.

 

Inklingo Freezer Paper Template for Fussy Cutting

FUSSY CUTTING

There are two Inklingo fussy cutting methods.

1. No Waste Fussy Cutting
I only have about 1.5 yards (two repeats of the design), and there is quite a bit of empty space (plain background), so this fabric is not suitable for the “no waste” method.

2. Traditional Fussy Cutting with Templates
This is the method that makes Swiss cheese of the fabric. It is more work and it is wasteful but it is worth it sometimes.

I printed the Inklingo octagon with no seam allowances on freezer paper to make the template, ironed it in position on the wrong side of the fabric (with a little help from my window template), added the seam allowances when I rotary cut, and drew the lines with a mechanical pencil. (Template tips.)

I prefer to print all of the shapes, but I can combine shapes with pencil lines with the shapes I print.

 

Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet.

I printed three sheets of fabric using Inklingo Castle Wall 9 inch and Custom Page Sizes, using the info in the shape collection.

  • Cream background, Combo 2 (HST and Squares) — 7.75 x 9 inches
  • Pink Diamonds, Layout D — 4.75 x 10.5
  • Blue Trapezoids, Layout 1 — 7 x 8.25

I just used scraps and I did not use my favorite flower because I wasn’t sure I would love the results by machine. This was just supposed to be a test.

 

Rotary cut on the lines.

CUTTING

Rotary cut rows, stack the rows and cut 4 layers at a time.

No measuring or special templates. Fast.

 

Inklingo printed, cut, and ready to sew!

Ready to sew!

The fussy cutting took the longest, but I think it is time well spent. (Time with fabric is always well spent, isn’t it?)

 

Sew from crosshair to crosshair.

PINNING AND SEWING

I pin at the beginning and end of the seam and sew from crosshair to crosshair, taking one backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam. (Video below)

 

Sew through two layers.

I thought the intersection where a diamond meets the octagon and two squares might be tricky but I sewed toward the octagon and finger pressed the other seam allowances out of the way—and it worked perfectly!

I used the same sewing sequence as for hand pieced Castle Wall blocks, illustrated here.

 

All of the seams are the same length.

All of the seams are the same length, and the default stitch length fit well. (Notice that I sew beside the line for a scant 0.25 inch seam allowance.)

 

Inklingo pressing detail

PRESSING

Since I only sewed through two layers and NOT through the crossing seam allowances, I was able to leave all of the pressing to the end, just the way I do when I hand piece.

I used the same pressing method as for hand pieced Castle Wall blocks.

 

Inklingo Video - Hexagons by Machine

VIDEO

This video shows all of my best tips for machine piecing from crosshair to crosshair. The example uses hexagons but it is exactly the same for Castle Wall.

The video is on YouTube and on the Main Hexagon Page on the website (under the Shop tab).

 

Inklingo Castle Wall by Machine - Detail

I think my results by machine are just as good as they would have been by hand and it was fast!

The block is exactly 9.5 x 9.5 inches (9 inches finished), so my scant 0.25 inch seam allowances worked.

The precision corners and precise sewing lines printed with Inklingo made all the difference. It surprised me how well it worked.

I don’t think the results would have been as good if I had drawn all of the lines manually.

I could not have done it at all without precise crosshairs on the fabric to mark exactly where to start and stop stitching.

MORE CASTLE WALL LESSONS

I have added “How to Machine Piece Castle Wall” to the list of lessons on the Main Castle Wall Page.

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How to Press Inklingo Castle Wall Blocks – 2

Inklingo Castle Wall - pressing

I think the pressing shows most clearly in the illustrations below, but isn’t this Castle Wall block pretty from the back?

Russ says it’s almost pretty enough to be the front!

We press Castle Wall the same way we press Hexagons or Pieced Hexagons or Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses as shown in my last post, but there is one final twist at the end, okay?

It is a beautiful technique and I think that you will want to use it whenever you hand piece. It’s not just for castles!

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How to press Inklingo Castle Wall

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Focus on one intersection at a time.

You can start anywhere, but just focus on one at a time.

Press the seams clockwise around the first intersection. The seam allowances open and lie flat. Touch with the point of a hot, dry iron.

Inklingo Castle Wall pressing

You may have seen the same method used in 4 patches. When you press the seam allowances to the side around the intersection it distributes the bulk and makes the intersection look better from the front.

Since we only sew from crosshair to crosshair when we hand piece, the seam allowances open perfectly and lie flat. (This method also works for machine piecing, but it is necessary to loosen a few stitches.)

We love pressing this way! It looks better from the front and is easier to quilt.

 

Inklingo Castle Wall Pressing -2

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Move to an adjacent intersection (purple arrows) and press the seam allowances to the side around it in the opposite (counterclockwise) direction.

The first one goes clockwise (black) and the second one goes counterclockwise (purple).

NOTE  An “adjacent” intersection is not just a nearby intersection. It must share a seam allowance with the intersection you have just opened. The direction the shared seam allowance is pressed determines the direction you will go around the next intersection.

If you always move from one intersection to an adjacent intersection, the whole Castle Wall block works out perfectly, as shown.

It takes less time to do it than it does to explain it!

 

Inklingo Castle Wall Pressing -3

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Then move to any adjacent intersection (two choices in this case) and press clockwise (black arrows). It is easy because one seam allowance is already pressed.

Keep alternating clockwise and counterclockwise, always focusing on one intersection at a time.

 

Inklingo Castle Wall Pressing -4

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Notice that when the intersection is pressed clockwise (black arrows), the seam connecting to the adjoining intersection is already pressed, so that the rest of the seams around the adjoining intersection will be counterclockwise (purple).

After a few intersections, you will be fast at twirling the seam allowances ahead of the point of the iron.

Try it! I think you will be surprised by how quickly it happens.

 

Inklingo Castle Wall Pressing -5

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You can tilt the iron to use the point on each intersection. Press just enough to hold things in position until you are ready to flip it over and finish pressing on the front.

 

Inklingo Castle Wall Pressing -6

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Keep going all the way around, always moving to an adjacent intersection, not hopping around randomly.

 

How to press Inklingo Castle Wall

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If you press all of the blocks identically (black arrows), when you set the blocks against each other (without sashing or other alternating blocks), the seam allowances will not nest (circled).

This is not the end of the world, but there are two simple ways to make these seams nest. It makes assembling the quilt top easier and reduces the bulk so it is easier to quilt.

 

How to press Inklingo Castle Wall

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THE TWIST AT THE END!

There are two ways to ensure that the seam allowances nest (pressed in opposite directions) when you assemble the quilt top, as shown above.

1. Press blocks which will be next to each other (adjoining) to be opposites (purple arrow).

OR (my favorite)

2. Press all of the blocks identically, but without the corners!

Wait until you are ready to assemble the quilt top to add the corner triangles (HST). This is the preferred sewing sequence I described in an earlier post.

When you add the corners, all you have to do is turn some of the blocks 45º to make them opposites! Easy peasy.

I love this second method because it is faster and gives me better results.

  • I can chain piece the HST to the corners by machine. There is no advantage to hand piecing them.
  • I can decide at that last minute which blocks will be next to each other.
  • All of the seam allowances nest perfectly to make assembling the quilt top easier and more precise.

How often is faster also better? I love it that Inklingo makes it happen!

 

Inklingo Castle Wall

MONKEY’S BONUS TIP If you have already pressed several blocks identically and wish you had done some of them in the opposite direction, you might find it easier to move the corner triangles than to re-press the block.

 

Inklingo Castle Wall

Finish pressing from the front.

This method ensures the block looks perfect and lies flat.

As usual, we use a hot, dry iron when pressing quilt blocks. No steam!

The Inklingo Handbook

There is a whole chapter on pressing and trimming in The Inklingo Handbook. If you buy it first, you can use the $10 coupon code to buy Castle Wall shapes to print on fabric.

All Inklingo Design Books include detailed pressing instructions like this too.

 

Inklingo Print Checklist

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Free Diamond Triangles Square Shape Collection

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Inklingo Castle Wall 4.5 inch   . . . Inklingo Castle Wall 6 inch . . . Inklingo Castle Wall 9 inch

There is a special intro price on Castle Wall for a limited time.

 

How to press Inklingo Castle Wall

I will add the rest of the trapezoids to this Castle Wall block before I press. I do not add the corner triangles until I am ready to assemble the quilt top.

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Until next time, you can catch up on our earlier posts about sewing sequence, settings for Castle Wall Quilts, a free Electric Quilt project file, and Cathi’s tutorial.

I hope you will try pressing this way! Thank you for visiting.

Linda & Monkey

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How to Press Inklingo Castle Wall Blocks – 1

castle-on-the-beach-02

Castle Wall is perfect for hand piecing at the beach because you can leave all the pressing until you get home.

In fact, you should leave all the pressing until you get home again.

There is no advantage to “press as you go” when you hand piece. I don’t even finger press.

 

Inklingo Castle Wall

Hand piecing makes a beautiful pressing technique possible.

It makes Castle Wall look its best from the front and makes it easier to quilt.

I think you will want to use it whenever you hand piece—and maybe when you machine piece too!

As a bonus, Monkey and I will be sharing detailed illustrations for Castle Wall tomorrow.

 

How to press Inklingo Hexagons

In the meantime, if you know how to press Grandmother’s Flower Garden Hexagons or Pieced Hexagons . . .

 

Inklingo Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)

. . .or Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses . . .

 

How to press Inklingo Periwinkle

. . . or Periwinkle and 4-Patches . . .

 

How to press Inklingo LeMoyne Star

. . . or LeMoyne Star (free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection) then you will love pressing Inklingo Castle Wall too.

 

Inklingo Sand Castle

Whether you are building sand castles on a sunny day in Naples or pressing Castle Wall quilt blocks on a snowy day up north, it’s easy when you know a few simple tricks.

 

The Inklingo Handbook

There is a whole chapter on pressing and trimming in The Inklingo Handbook. If you buy it first, you can use the $10 coupon code to buy Castle Wall shapes to print on fabric.

By the way, Inklingo Design Books include detailed pressing instructions too. Double Wedding Ring even has a unique pressing guide to print and use at the sewing machine.

 

Inklingo - Print shapes with any ordinary Inkjet printer.

New to Inklingo? Start free!

Free Diamond Triangles Square Shape Collection

Please start with the Guided Tour and the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection.The free shape collection includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook.

With the free shapes and the Top Ten Tutes on this blog you can get a fast start.

Inklingo Castle Wall 4.5 inch   . . . Inklingo Castle Wall 6 inch . . . Inklingo Castle Wall 9 inch

There is a special intro price on Castle Wall for a limited time.

 

Inklingo Castle Wall

We’re not at the beach this winter, so my view is snow, not sand castles. I’m staying warm with my mug of decaf sweetened with chocolate milk.

I have Castle Wall blocks printed and ready to sew while we watch the Winter Olympics. If you are sewing Castle Wall today too, you might want to wait until tomorrow to press, okay?

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Do you know quilters who might be interested in this pressing technique? Let them know too, okay?

Until next time, you can catch up on our other Castle Wall posts about sewing sequence, settings for Castle Wall Quilts, a free Electric Quilt project file, and Cathi’s tutorial.

Stay warm in the snow and cool on the beach, okay?

Thank you for visiting.

Linda & Monkey

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